Graphic designer, photographer, educator, and author Kenneth Hiebert has held teaching positions at the Basel School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he served as founder and chairman of the graphic design department, and from where he retired professor emeritus in May 1999. He is the author of two books, Graphic Design Sources (Yale University Press, 1998) and Graphic Design Processes (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992).
In 1973 Kenneth Hiebert was a Research Associate in the Arts at Yale University in an investigation of latent formal patterns in the vernacular of a commercial streetscape. He organized the universal/Unique symposium and invitational exhibition at The University of the Arts in 1988. He was the recipient of the Mary Louise Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1990 and the Master Teacher Award of the national Graphic Design Education Association in 1991. He is also a founding member of the Philadelphia American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) chapter and a member of the American Center for Design.
Additional awards include: AIGA 50 Best Books, Communication Graphics, AIGA/Philadelphia Awards of Excellence, New York Type Directors Club, Philadelphia Art Directors Club Gold Medal, and the Society of Typographic Arts. His works are part of permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Gewerbemuseum Basel, and others.
Kenneth Hiebert has exhibited his photography, which includes multimedia presentations, in solo and group shows. His photo collage series "Twelve Eclipses," based on Stonehenge, was featured in the Philadelphia Festival Mythos in 1991. His current work focuses on merging sound and imagery, combines video, still photography, abstract graphic form, and kinetic texts in a CD-ROM project based on composer George Crumb's "Ancient Voices of Children." In December 2000, he presented a multimedia piece using Crumb's composition "Quest" in combination with his photography of places at Profile Intermedia in Bremen, Germany.